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Wednesday, February 26, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Conservation Canines

Shelter dogs too intense or feisty to be adopted are helping wildlife scientists by doing what comes naturally – running through the woods and sniffing for the poop of other animals. The noses of the canine misfits are being put to use in Pend Oreille County in a pilot project seeking more information about the interrelationships of wolves and other carnivores – as well as with their prey. The Conservation Canines Program of the University Washington's Department of Biology uses the dogs for studying endangered species and other wildlife in a method that doesn’t require trapping or tranquilizing the animal. See the stories here by Outdoors editor Rich Landers.